National League champions Barrow will face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds youngsters, Accrington Stanley and Blackpool
By PA Media
Last Updated: 18/08/20 3:21pm
Salford and Manchester United have been drawn in the same group for this season’s EFL Trophy.
Salford, finalists in 2019/20 before the coronavirus pandemic saw the Wembley showpiece postponed, are owned by former United stars Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt.
They will come up against their illustrious neighbours for the first time since being taken over by the Class of ’92 – and joining those two teams in Group B of the Northern Section are Morecambe and Rochdale.
Manchester City are in Group E along with Lincoln, Mansfield and Scunthorpe, while Liverpool will play Port Vale, Tranmere and Wigan in Group D.
Football League newcomers Barrow and Harrogate join the competition for the first time. National League champions Barrow will face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds youngsters, Accrington and Blackpool, while Harrogate, promoted via the play-offs, were drawn against Leicester, Grimsby and Hull.
Salford City manager Graham Alexander
Holders Portsmouth, who along with Salford are awaiting a rescheduled date to contest the 2019/20 final, will face West Ham, Colchester and Southend in Group A of the Southern Section.
Arsenal are in Group B along with Crawley, Gillingham and Ipswich, while Chelsea will face Bristol Rovers, Oxford and Walsall in Group D.
Northern Group Stage
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